LCJ professor publishes new book on environmental politics

22 May 2016 In LUJ News
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Dr. Adam Tompkins, assistant professor of U.S. and World History at LCJ, recently released a book published by Cornell University Press. Ghostworkers and Greens, explores the common ground between the environmental movement and the farmworker movement, showing how disparate organizations worked together and separately to better protect environmental and human health.  Growers and government increasingly espoused the supremacy of chemical forms of pest control as the twentieth century progressed, even as evidence mounted that some of these chemicals adversely affected people and non-target species. Tompkins demonstrates that the activism of non-governmental organizations proved a necessary predicate for change and played a key role in pesticide reform.  Using a series of case studies that range in time from the 1960s until the present, he shows that farmworkers and environmentalists cooperated to educate the public about pesticide health threats, organized to strengthen the regulatory framework, and acted as watchdogs to ensure that regulatory agencies fulfilled their responsibility to the public at the state, national, and international level.

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